The Teacher of the Year award recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who demonstrate a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. The district’s Teacher of the Year represents Orange County at the state level to compete for Florida Teacher of the Year.

2020-21 Teacher of the Year Parker Stewart

His Advanced Placement Human Geography students continuously score above the district, state and national average on the final assessment, which he appreciates, but it’s not his focus. Mr. Parker wants his students to leave his course “transformed, to have a larger worldview, to appreciate their place in life more, and to be global citizens.” Additionally, Mr. Parker strives to have a classroom that is a safe place for all students, and he wants them to feel welcome and supported by one another. 

Congratulations to the 2020-21 Teacher of the Year Finalists!

Jessica Benscoter | Stone Lakes Elementary
Jesse Cohen | Innovation Middle
Richardo Delfosse | Lockhart Middle
Laura Stile | Dream Lake Elementary

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